Definition of warp in English:

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Pronunciation: /wôrp/


1Become or cause to become bent or twisted out of shape, typically as a result of the effects of heat or dampness: [no object]: wood has a tendency to warp [with object]: moisture had warped the box
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  • The bag was beginning to lose its resistance, and so the box was a little warped where the damp had seeped through.
  • Celluloid had some of the same disadvantages of tortoise shell: it had to be shaped by hand; it could be warped in heat, and so on.
  • When it touched the feet of any demon, its body began to warp, twist into odd shapes, and then after a few moments it exploded, sending bloody chunks of flesh in all directions.
buckle, twist, bend, distort, deform, misshape, skew, curve, bow, contort
1.1 [with object] Cause to become abnormal or strange; have a distorting effect on: your judgment has been warped by your obvious dislike of him (as adjective warped) a warped sense of humor
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  • It seems they have a strangely warped sense of what they think is funny as well.
  • Well, you know, John has a very warped sense of humor, and we're old buddies.
  • Something amusing I thought of this morning though - I dare say other people have the same warped sense of humour I do and thought of it as well.
corrupt, twist, pervert, deprave, lead astray
2 [with object] Move (a ship) along by hauling on a rope attached to a stationary object on shore.
2.1 [no object] (Of a ship) move by being hauled on a rope attached to a stationary object.
3 [with object] (In weaving) arrange (yarn) so as to form the warp of a piece of cloth.
4 [with object] Cover (land) with a deposit of alluvial soil by natural or artificial flooding.


1A twist or distortion in the shape or form of something: the head of the racket had a curious warp
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  • Everybody sees through their warp, through their bias, through their pretensions, through their needs all of that.
1.1 [as modifier] Relating to or denoting (fictional or hypothetical) space travel by means of distorting space-time: the craft possessed warp drive warp speed
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  • Its benefits included intergalactic space travel at warp speed.
  • My nan had one of those salad spinners, which sent leaves hurtling through space at warp speed and produced enough water to irrigate a smallholding.
  • Those are in normal space not warp space engines.
1.2An abnormality or perversion in a person’s character.
2 [in singular] (In weaving) the threads on a loom over and under which other threads (the weft) are passed to make cloth: the warp and weft are the basic constituents of all textiles figurative rugby is woven into the warp and weft of South African society
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  • It would be a cunning weave - the warp and the weft so utterly tangled that the thugs set loose on the streets would flail themselves.
  • Such is his passion for the warp and weft, weave and print, and all things textile, that designer Mukesh is a veritable encyclopaedia of the rich and varied textile traditions of India.
  • The jali normally worked by tearing apart the warp and weft threads of the cloth and by preparing minute button hole stitches.
3A rope attached at one end to a fixed point and used for moving or mooring a ship.
4 archaic Alluvial sediment; silt.



Pronunciation: /ˈwôrpij/
Example sentences
  • A low moisture content translates into a material that is very stable after installation - no warpage or excessive movement - and one that promotes excellent paint adhesion.
  • This warpage can be removed by gentle heating (usually with steam from a kettle or similar) and carefully bent back to straightness.
  • Although the wood is sealed, water or even excessive dampness may cause warpage or discoloration of the slats.


Pronunciation: /ˈwôrpər/
Example sentences
  • June's friend retired from Harris Plant as a cloth warper.
  • Mr Clark, now 73, worked as a plumber and Mrs Clark, 69, as a warper at a textiles firm.
  • Ellen Conroy (probably their daughter) - a silk warper who died at the age of 35 in 1863.


Old English weorpan (verb), wearp (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch werpen and German werfen 'to throw'. Early verb senses included 'throw', 'fling open', and 'hit (with a missile)'; the sense 'bend' dates from late Middle English. The noun was originally a term in weaving (sense 2 of the noun).

  • This is from a Germanic source with a basic sense of ‘to throw, twist’. Early verb senses included ‘throw’, ‘fling open’, and ‘hit (with a missile)’; the sense ‘bend’ dates from late Middle English. The noun was originally a term in weaving, reflecting the way threads go backwards and forwards.

Words that rhyme with warp

dorp, gawp, scaup, scorp, Thorpe, whaup, yawp

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Syllabification: warp

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